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Cyprus: Home of KEO Beer

By April 30, 2018 No Comments

Cyprus… Home of KEO Beer. So much identified with the island, its colors and aromas, that rightfully deserves the title of “taste of Cyprus.” KEO is undoubtedly one of the most powerful Cypriot symbols that both tourists and locals recall in their memories of beautiful moments spent in Cyprus. A unique piece of Cyprus that forever accompanies foreign visitors and makes all Cypriots proud for more than 60 years.

Production of KEO Beer -a Pilsner type Lager Beer- started early in 1951. The original brewery had a small production capacity of about 300,000 gallons annually. In order to meet the ever-increasing demand, the company has carried out substantial extensions to the plant and the equipment now used being the most up-to-date machinery in the brewing industry. The brewery is currently capable of producing over 30,000 hectoliters of beer monthly.

In addition to the winery in Limassol, KEO operates three more wineries situated in the Krasochoria region of the Troodos mountain range. Mallia and Pera Pedi wineries are amongst the first to be built on the island. These wineries are close to vineyards where research is carried out in an effort to increase and safeguard the varieties of grapes, selecting those that will yield the best quality of wine when grown under the local climate.

The LAONA boutique winery, established in 1986 near Arsos village, has been taken on the family of KEO wineries in 1993. Situated in the heart of the Troodos vineyards at an altitude of approximately 1,000 metres the winery uses noble grape varieties, producing a range of wines carrying exclusively the name of this vinegrowing region, famous for cultivating Cyprus indigenous grape varieties.

Experimenting with new varieties and cultivation methods has proved essential to winemaking. A great deal of resources and funds have been invested in MALLIA winery, into the rediscovering of Cyprus indigenous grape varieties, many of which date back to the classical times, a period when the Cyprus wines reflected the island’s heritage and were so much praised. Nowadays all KEO wines are vinified at the MALLIA ESTATE winery.

The continuous development and progress achieved by KEO is the result of a long term and steady growth strategy carefully planned to meet the demands of a constantly changing environment. The organisation’s technological investment spectrum is wide, with a major addition being a state of the art mineral water plant. Set near the village of Kakopetria, in the heart of Troodos Mountains, the Mineral Water plant has been designed and built to the highest European standards at the Saint Nicholas source. The remarkable purity of the Saint Nicholas water is owed both to the location of the source far from residential or polluted areas and to the bottling procedure of the water in environmentally friendly P.E.T. bottles produced on site prior to filling.

KEO Headquarters Limassol:
1 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, 3012
P.O. Box 50209, 3602 Limassol,
Cyprus
Tel: +357 25 020000
Fax: +357 25 020001

You can arrange a tour or find out the hours of wine and beer tasting by giving them a call!